The Caskers team recently got a chance to attend the Indie Spirits Expo at Crimson in New York City. The Indie Spirits Expo, a part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, celebrates small-batch producers who pour themselves (pun intended) into the business of making unique, artisanal spirits.
Needless to say, the event was amazing. Aside from getting to schmooze with master distillers, we got to sample incredible spirits from craft distilleries across the United States. The Indie Spirits Expo was a huge success and you can expect to see a few of the spirits from the event here on Caskers in the coming weeks.
Below, you’ll find a couple of the cocktails we sampled and recipes so you can make them yourself!
Vieux Carré Logical Consequence
¼ oz. Vieux Carré Absinthe
1 ½ oz. Gin
1 oz. Green Tea Honey*
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with dill sprig.
*Green Tea Honey: steep 2 bags of fine green tea in 8 oz. hot water. Blend in 6 oz. honey.
Collins glass filled with ice
½ squeeze lime
1-2 oz. watermelon juice
5-7 mint leaves, muddled
2 oz. Rum
3-5 cubed watermelon chunks
Top with seltzer
The spirits exhibited at the event included: 80 Strong Bourbon, Antica Sambuca, Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Agricole, Balls Vodka, Bimber Vodka Viaguara Vodka, Bootlegger 21 Vodka, Breckenridge Distillery, Brinley Gold Rums, Brueklyn Distilling, Cacotin Creek, Caledonia Spirits, Castrie’s Peanut Rum Liqueur, Chairman’s ReserveRum, Cockspur Rum and Iceberg Vodka, Cornstar Whiskey, Corsair, Darnley’s View Gin, Deaths Door, Dragon Bleu Vodka, Dutch’s Spirits, FEW Spirits, Fidencio Mezcal, Harvest Spirits, Karlson’s Gold Vodka, Koval, Liquore Di Avellino, Luna Nueva Tequila, Montanya Rum, Orange V Vodka, Peach Street Distillers, Philadelphia Distilling, PUR Spirits, Q Tonic, Redemption High Rye Bourbon, Redemption Rye, Regatta Ginger Beer, Riverboat Rye, Scorpion Mezcal, Spicebox Whiskey, St Georges, Team Spirits, Temptation Bourbon, Tito’s Vodka, Tuthilltown, Vermont Spirits, Wahacka Mezcal, Warwick Valley, Wesmyss Whiskey and ZU Vodka.